The National Institute on Drug Abuse in the US has admitted, in its revised publication on marijuana, that the drug offers benefits to some cancer patients.
The report states:
'Recent animal studies have shown that marijuana extracts may help kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others.
'Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can slow the growth of cancer cells from one of the most serious types of brain tumours.
Currently the drug is not recognised by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a medicine.
However, studies of the chemicals in marijuana - cannabinoids - has led the FDA to approve two medications that contain cannabinoid chemicals THC and CBD.
THC increases appetite and reduces nausea. It may also decrease pain, inflammation and muscle control problems.
CBD is a cannabinoid that does not affect the mind or behavior. It is thought to be useful in minimizing pain and inflammation, controlling epileptic seizures and possibly treating mental illness and addictions.
In the UK, THC is the active ingredient in the prescribed drug Sativex. It is currently only licensed to treat and relieve the pain of muscle spasms in MS patients.
CBD is the active ingredient in the prescription drug, Epidiolex, licensed for Dravet's syndrome or severe epileptic patients.
These drugs are close to completing their phases in the U.S. by meeting different FDA drug discovery criteria.
Scientists are also conducting clinical trials and preclinical studies into the effects of different cannabinoids on:
Autoimmune diseases, including HIV and AIDS, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease.
Schizophrenia, Bi-polar Disorder, PTSD, and other mental conditions.
Research studies like our #LUVCures campaign will further extend the capability and knowledge base of cannabinoids and the therapeutic effects it may have on different medical ailments.
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